AMMONIA ODOR OF THE SWEAT
By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© January 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Some of our clients have complained of an ammonia odor of their sweat, at times. Here is an explanation for this phenomenon:
á Kidney weakness. Ammonia is NH3, and is an excretory product of the body related to nitrogen elimination. The kidneys are supposed to eliminate it, and it often gives the urine its odor, in part. If the kidneys are weak, the body may divert some of the ammonia to the skin and eliminate it through the skin, causing the odor.
á Increased protein breakdown for some reason. Ammonia is related to protein breakdown which releases nitrogen. Increased protein catabolism commonly occurs during a nutritional balancing program as toxic tissue is torn down as part of the healing process. It can even be a part of the mental and spiritual development process, as some tissue is replaced in the brain and elsewhere.
á A need for more water. One factor that may stress the kidneys and prevent normal ammonia elimination through the kidneys is impaired hydration. This may be due to not drinking enough water, or drinking a type of water that does not hydrate the body well enough, such as RO water or other, or consuming sugar, fruit, alcohol or caffeine, which tends to deplete the body of water.
á A low sodium/potassium ratio. This imbalance on a hair mineral analysis, is associated with protein breakdown, and with kidney stress. So it may be part of the cause of excessive ammonia elimination.
These follow from the factors mentioned above. To correct the kidney weakness, a nutritional balancing program will usually suffice. One can add Renamide, 2-2-2 or even more for a while. The Na/K ratio will also improve with a properly designed nutritional balancing program.
If the cause of the ammonia odor is a healing reaction, it will pass, assuming a person is following a properly designed program.
For the hydration problem, be sure to drink 3 quarts of spring water or carbon or sand-filtered water daily. Also, to prevent dehydration, avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar in all forms, including fruit, as all of these can dehydrate the body. For more on this topic, read Hydration.